College of Education Small Grants Program

Request for Proposal 2020-2021

The College of Education Small Grants Program (SGP) provides funding for College of Education tenure-track and tenured faculty to conduct pilot projects and/or expand existing research. The SGP supports research that will serve as the basis for the submission of an external grant proposal. Funds from this grant can be used for research materials, supplies, and equipment (e.g., participant incentives, photocopying/scanning surveys, computers, etc.), hourly graduate and non-graduate research assistants, research/grant consultants, software, and travel for data gathering and research collaboration. Note that travel to conferences is not supported by the SGP funding. 

Award Levels

There are two levels of awards: Level 1 (up to $5,000) and Level 2 ($5,000-$10,000), both of which support similar types of projects and vary only in scope of funding. All tenure-track and tenured faculty in the College of Education are eligible to apply, but funding for junior faculty will be given priority and faculty can only be awarded one SGP Award in a two-year period.

Application Materials

To apply for an SGP Award, submit the following (using Times New Roman font size 12 with no less than one-inch borders):

  1. Project proposal that is no longer than three single-spaced pages (references are not included in the page count),
  2. Detailed, itemized project budget with justification where necessary. Please work with COERA staff to compose the budget. (See List of Allowable Expenses on next page),
  3. 4-page CV highlighting relevant research publications and funding

The proposal should include a title and outline the project rationale and significance, research questions, and a research plan that clearly specifies the methods and methodology, as well as the short-term and long-term goals and products of the proposed project (e.g., grant proposals – which must include the intended granting agency, peer-reviewed articles, etc.). Successful proposals will outline a clearly defined, well justified, and feasible project that will either help lead to the submission of a proposal for specified (in the proposal) external funding or provide support for research complementary to existing external funding.

A single PDF file containing the project proposal, a 4-page CV, and budget with justification must be emailed to Alexandra Loukas no later than 5 p.m., October 19, 2020. All funds will be released to successful applicants only when proof of IRB approval is submitted, if applicable. In addition, successful applicants will be required to submit a summary report detailing research results. We anticipate that successful applicants will be notified by the end of November and funding can begin January 1, 2021, and end December 31, 2021.

If you have any questions about the proposal, please email Alexandra Loukas

List of Allowable Expenses

Please work with College of Education Research Administration (COERA) staff Liz Kogan or Mark Posey to construct a budget that includes allowable expenses.

Type Examples Notes
Research materials and supplies Participant incentives, photocopying/ scanning surveys, books, survey development, computers, digital equipment (e.g., cameras, voice recorders, etc.), equipment needed to conduct study, etc. Check with ITO to see if the relevant equipment can be borrowed. Be sure to provide a strong justification for the need for any equipment.
Graduate student support   Include final cost as well as # of hours per week for one long semester (or for one or two summer sessions) and annual salary rate assuming full-time, 12 months
Undergraduate student support  
Consultant Statistical consultant, program evaluation consultant, etc., consider using the COE’s SMARTER Consulting Group. Mark Van Ryzin can consult on quantitative design/analysis.  Include total cost as well as hourly rate, # of hours per week and # of days/weeks, # weeks
Hourly workers To conduct assessments or interventions, to help collect data, to provide transcription services, etc. Include total cost as well as hourly rate, # of hours per week and # of days or weeks
Research software Statistical software, qualitative coding software, annual license renewal fee, etc. Use UT pricing
Data-gathering travel To gather archival data; to conduct interviews, focus groups, or observations; for research collaboration with co-PIs; to support travel for research collaborators (Co-PIs or co-authors) Flights, hotels, state per diem rates apply for travel of CoE faculty member.
For travel of non-CoE co-PI, hotel, flights, and state per diem rates apply for their meeting in Austin.
Provide total and itemized list with per item costs

Expenses Not Allowed

  • Faculty (PI) salary
  • GRA tuition and fringe
  • Conference travel
  • Meals in Austin for COE faculty members meeting with visiting co-PIs